The main aim of our holiday camps is to allow Swiss children living abroad to get to know their home country for the first time or, for those who have visited Switzerland before, to get to know the country better. We will visit and look at many of Switzerland’s sights. The attractions will include cities, countryside, mountains, caves, lakes, rivers, etc. We might do some easy hikes but we also will be travelling by train, bus and ship.
But of course there will also be many days when we will simply stay «at home». Then our main activities will be playing games, sports, arts and crafts, and much more.
There will be opportunities for getting to know Switzerland and its inhabitants. We will, for example, spend time on Swiss songs, Swiss cooking recipes, as well as on typical Swiss games and sports.
In addition, children will also be left enough time to pursue their own leisure activities and make friends from all over the world.
But there is more: our summer camps are the best opportunities to make new contact with children of the same age living in a completely different part of the world. Our camp family is normally formed by about 36 to 42 children coming from more than a dozen different countries. Keep in contact with children all over the world and of different languages, this is a possibility which only the camps of The Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad can offer!
Each camp is led by an experienced camp leader. The camp leader is supported by an efficient kitchen team and several well qualified counsellors.
In each camp at least half of the camp leaders have a federal qualification as camp leader J+S Lagersport/trekking. The FYSA organizes these training courses to guarantee the quality in the camps. They look after the children during the whole day, organise the different activities and help them out if necessary, also during the leisure time.
All counsellors take part in our camps during their own holidays and with only a small compensation.
Participants come from all over the world and speak a wide range of languages (e.g. G, F, E, S, I). The team of leaders carry out the programmes in German, French and English. So the camp language does not depend on the language spoken in the camp location.
The holiday camps will be held in simple but well-equipped houses. Children
will be accommodated in rooms with three to eight beds depending on
the house and will eat together with the whole camp family. The children will
be expected to help in daily tasks such as drying dishes and keeping the